The words "capsule wardrobe" have been going round and round my head ever since I became obsessed with The Anna Edit's a couple of years back. However, I have never quite taken the leap. I mean 37 items of clothing ONLY. Really? Is that actually possible?
Recently though I have been thinking about the whole concept a little bit more. We are in the process of moving out of our little two bed house into Matthew's parents so that we can save for a house... I know. I know.
But one thing this means is that we have a lot less space, and therefore a lot less wardrobe space. I really won't have the space to hoard masses of clothes and I am going to be forced to be more creative with my clothes. Truth be told, I don't really wear that much variety anyway, apparently I just want options.
So the idea of a capsule wardrobe, in case you don't know, is that you have a very streamlined wardrobe filled with key items. They recommend 37 and this includes all bottoms, tops, jumpers, coats and shoes. Basically everything.
I think that really you keep everything pretty basic. The items should work together really well, so that when you open your wardrobe you can pull out an outfit there and then. Everything is a staple.
However, as the seasons change you purchase new items and review your wardrobe. This should happen every 3 months or so, and this is the only time you go shopping for new items. For three months you do zero shopping and just wear the items in your wardrobe.
The thought of that makes be terrified, but also makes me feel like it would really, really help with the saving. I spend so much money on items of clothing that I only wear a handful of times because they just don't suit me. It's so annoying.
I feel as though I am not that far away from having a capsule wardrobe, I kind of know my uniform and what I feel most comfortable in, but I do think there is room for improvement. For example, a pair of black jeans is a pair of black jeans, I do not need three.
I have read Anna's recent update about how constricting the experiment is and that does worry me. But you don't know what you don't know after all. So get ready for some capsule wardrobe posts!